The Armed Forces

A soldier’s worth

Print edition : October 04, 2013

A study the Army commissioned found out that the re-employment scenario for retired soldiers was dismal. Here, in Kupwara, soldiers take position during an encounter with militants in the Tangdar area. Photo: PTI

Major General (retd) Surjit Singh headed the committee that deduced the life expectancy of soldiers.

gENERAL V.K. Singh, former Chief of the Army Staff, says bureaucrats keep the forces subordinated at all times. Photo: V. Sudershan

Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, acting chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The government continues to deny both serving and retired soldiers their rightful pay and perks and has quietly buried a Fifth Pay Commission study which found that they had a much lower life expectancy than their civilian counterparts.
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